Defensive end John Hughes was back with the Browns Tuesday after being away for nearly 2 weeks to tend to a personal family matter.
Hughes worked with trainers and observed after missing 9 practices. He is healthy but the team is working him back into the fold because of the time away.
Hughes is still listed on the team’s unofficial depth chart as a starter at
Nick Hayden had been filling in for Hughes, who doesn’t expect getting back into the flow to be much of a problem.
“It should be just like riding a bike,” Hughes said. “The most anxiety was just getting back into the building. I was really excited just to get back, but getting back into the routine of things is pretty easy for the most part.”
Hughes, who will not play Thursday night against the Falcons, declined to discuss specifics of what caused him to take leave but the entire organization from executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown to head coach Hue Jackson and his teammates.
That support is helping him focus on football.
“It’s like family here,” Hughes said. “They actually made me feel real comfortable about the situation. They knew I was going through some things and I appreciate them being there for me.”
Gordon Flashes – Josh Gordon got his first 11-on-11 work Tuesday and he quickly caught the attention of Jackson who was pretty descriptive of the former Pro Bowler.
“Fast, long, tall, big, can catch,” Jackson said smiling.
Jackson added that Gordon “more than likely” will not play against the Falcons.
Mixed Messages – Cornerback K’Waun Williams missed his third straight practice Tuesday and the real reason for his absence is unclear. Earlier this week Jackson said it was due to a personal matter but Cleveland.com reports Williams is getting a second opinion on an ankle injury. Jackson did little to clear up the situation when asked about it.
“We’ll talk about that at a different time,” Jackson said. “I just think there are a lot of mixed messages that are going on as far as all that’s concerned. I think we’ll deal with it, and I’m sure we’ll all talk about it at the appropriate time.”
Break It Up – The most intense dust up of training camp took place midway through Tuesday’s practice when nosetackle Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson got into it. Shelton lifted and then slammed Johnson prompting teammates and coaches to rush in.
Jackson led the break up of the fracas but not before he reminded his team that he does not put up with fights in practice.
“I’m not interested in fights. I’m interested in good football players,” Jackson said. “I know things get heated a little bit every now and then, but we have to keep our cool, keep our poise. We have to be a team that keeps their poise, and we will.”
Questionable Coleman – Rookie receiver Corey Coleman saw his reps increase as he works his way back from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for 5 practices. Whether or not he will play Thursday night against Atlanta is to be determined.
“It is always tough sitting out and watching, but like I keep on saying, we have to do what’s best for me and what’s going to help the team,” Coleman said.
Coleman said the injury was minor and that he isn’t concerned with having a history of hamstring problems at Baylor.
Quote of the Day – “I’ll probably talk to him a good bit this week when they come up here. But since training camp started, we’ll text, but there’s not a whole lot of time to FaceTime and whisper sweet nothings in each other’s ear,” – left tackle Joe Thomas on keeping in touch with Falcons center Alex Mack.
Roll Call – LT Joe Thomas (back), QB Austin Davis (concussion), WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring), RB Glenn Winston (shoulder), CB Trey Caldwell (hamstring), FB Malcolm Johnson (concussion), Nile Lawrence-Stample (shoulder), WR Ricardo Louis (hamstring), John Hughes (non injury related) and CB K’Waun Williams (personal/excused) did not practice.
Receiver Dennis Parks left practice early with a knee injury.
Up Next – No practice Wednesday, preseason game No. 2 Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons at 8 p.m.